Sunday, July 23, 2017
House advances three energy legislation modernization bills

The House of Representatives recently advanced three bipartisan energy bills from the Energy and Commerce Committee that collectively work toward the committee’s goal of modernizing energy legislation.
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Inhofe continues pushing on EPA promotion efforts for WOTUS rule

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, recently sent three letters related to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) promotional efforts surrounding the Waters of the United States rule — some of which were deemed illegal by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
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Alabama Farmers Federation representatives take part in AFBF Advocacy Conference

Three representatives from the Alabama Farmers Federation (AFF) recently attended the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C., where they served on advisory committees on issues impacting the industry on a national scale.
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NDEQ’s online stormwater permit application system slashes approval timeframe

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) recently approved the 100th stormwater construction general permit applied for through its new online application system, which has reduced the waiting period from roughly two weeks to one day for most applicants.
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Vista Photonics wins $300,000 grant to develop innovative portable air pollution monitor

Vista Photonics Inc., based in Las Cruces, New Mexico, recently won a $300,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to further develop a portable air pollution monitor to measure ammonia levels.
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Washington Dept. of Ecology seeks public comments for Port Gardner Bay cleanup project

The Washington Department of Ecology {Ecology) is now accepting public comments on documents related to a plan to remove contaminated sediments from Port Gardner Bay, which would be carried out in cooperation with the Port of Everett.
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Virginia Tech receives $80,000 EPA grant to analyze Flint drinking water

Virginia Tech University recently won an $80,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to sample and analyze drinking water from 271 homes in Flint, Michigan, which were previously tested in August 2015.
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EPA recognizes Industrial Pretreatment Program in Portland, Maine

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) New England regional office recently recognized the City of Portland Maine’s Industrial Pretreatment Program for its efforts to inspect, permit and sample industrial users of the city’s collection system.
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EPA begins cancellation process for insecticide found to be damaging to aquatic habitats

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently working to cancel products with flubendiamide following recent studies showing that the insecticide breaks down into a toxic material that is negatively impacting aquatic environments.
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Washington State surpasses 300 million pounds of recycled electronics

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) recently announced that E-Cycle Washington, the state’s electronics recycling program, has processed more than 300 million pounds of electronic waste, recycling metal glass and plastic and keeping harmful materials like lead out of landfills.
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Massachusetts Maritime Academy Wastewater Treatment Plant wins EPA award

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently gave the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Wastewater Treatment Plant its 2015 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award.
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Little risk to bees from widely used insecticide, reports expert from the University of Arkansas.

A type of insecticide widely used to treat crops such as cotton and soy beans poses little risk to pollinators, including honey bees, an Arkansas-based researcher concluded.
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Senators request GAO investigation of NRC requests for additional information

A group of senators partially responsible for overseeing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting that it investigate the commission’s use of requests for additional information in its license application reviews.
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EPA settles with Franklin County, Kansas over NPDES permit violations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently settled its enforcement action against Kansas’ Franklin County, which was not in compliance with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.
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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee advances bill on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

During a recent legislative markup, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2015.
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Virginia DEQ awards $8.5 million for stormwater pollution reduction projects

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently awarded $8.5 million in funding for 17 stormwater pollution reduction projects, which will be managed by local governments that will match the funds received from the DEQ.
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Caltrans launches education campaign on stormwater pollution

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is working to increase public awareness about the sources and distribution of stormwater pollution through a new education and outreach campaign called “Protect Every Drop.”
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EPA releases draft risk assessment for chemical used in spray adhesives, dry cleaning and degreasing

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) detailed the potential health risks of a chemical used in spray adhesives, dry cleaning and for degreasing, which include adverse developmental effects for women of childbearing age, in a recently released draft risk assessment.
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EPA announces $300,000 in grants for businesses developing environmental protection technologies

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $300,000 in grants to Connecticut’s Precision Combustion and Massachusetts’ Aspen Products Group, as well as six other companies throughout the country, to develop innovative environmental protection technologies.
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Idaho DEQ proposes issuing permit renewal for Grand View’s U.S. Ecology Idaho Site B facility

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently proposed issuing a 10-year hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal permit for the U.S. Ecology Idaho Site B facility, located 10 miles west of Grand View.
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